An unexpected collaboration dropped this week as Beyonce teamed up with Nicki Minaj to produce a remix of Flawless, the original of which appears on Beyonce’s headline-grabbing self-titled album which was released at the end of last year. Making big waves in the rap scene, the single is a big statement in itself. Beyonce has her say on that incident between her sister and her husband earlier this year and Minaj puts a different spin on the track,
whilst sounding better than she has in a long time.
Minaj also released her new single Anaconda this week but she says of the Beyonce collaboration “She told me, ‘I want you to be you. I don’t want you to hold back.'” Nicki’s verse references Michael Jackson’s death and both hers and Beyonce’s A-list status, allowing her to reclaim her hip hop crown. The remix also sees Beyonce rapping which isn’t something that we’re used to but her perfect vocal runs are also there.
The hook is all about female empowerment and women looking and feeling good. “We flawless, ladies tell ’em, I woke up like this… Say I look so good tonight” is full of female confidence that reminds us how Beyonce has earned her Queen Bey status. Another line that is definitely noteworthy is “Of course sometimes shit goes down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator” which is a nod to the scuffle between Solange Knowles and Jay-Z at the Met Gala in May. What the “billion dollars” refers to isn’t certain but it could suggest that the reason for the argument was to do with Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s marriage and estimated $1 billion fortune.
A strong electro beat and slow sensual rhythm backs up the explosive verses which gives way to horn blasts from an unexpected sample of Outkast’s SpottieOttieDopaliscious. Ending on Nicki’s impressive verse, the remix comes to an aggressive, defiant finish. It’s a track that is full of power and strong content which is delivered by two outspoken, inspirational female artists. A big contender for the feminist anthem of the year!